- Actores: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett, Nigel Green
- Directores: Freddie Francis
- Productores: Milton Subotsky
- Formato: DVD, Adulto
- Audio: Inglés (Stereo), Castellano (Stereo)
- Región: Región 2 (Más información sobre Formatos de DVD.)
- Relación de aspecto: 1.78:1
- Número de discos: 1
- Calificación española (ICAA): No recomendada para menores de 18 años
- Estudio: Suevia Films, S.L.
- Fecha de lanzamiento: 15 nov 2010
- Duración: 83 minutos
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2.5 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Ver todas las opiniones (2 opiniones de clientes)
- ASIN: B0053CBJ78
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº31.019 en Películas y TV (Ver el Top 100 en Películas y TV)
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El profesor Christopher Maitland, un coleccionista de antigüedades con tendencias ocultistas, compra una calavera a Marco, un hombre extraño con el que tiene misteriosos tratos. Según Marco, la calavera fue robada de la tumba del Marqués de Sade. Sir Matthew Philips, amigo de Christopher, le advierte del peligro de tocarla, asegurándole que una vez fue suya, pero que se la robaron. Christopher se obsesiona con la calavera, que acaba apoderándose de él y obligándole a cometer una sucesión de horribles asesinatos.
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Christopher Maitland (Cushing) collects supernatural objects. After losing a bidding war against Sir Matthew Phillips (Christopher Lee), Maitland meets with seller Marco (Patrick Wymark) who has two objects that he thinks will fascinate Maitland--a book bound in flesh written by de Sade and de Sade's skull itself.
The film doesn't look as rough as the presentation 2011 release by Legend Films. Yes, the film looks like it has been pulled from an older master and, early on, the film looks a tiny bit unsteady and too bright but the film improves as it goes along. By the end of the film, the presentation looks extremely good in spite of some compression artifacts due to a lower than necessary bit rate. Detail and depth is improved over the regular Blu-ray but the colors are faded a bit. The film appears in its original Technoscope aspect ratio.
The audio sounds pretty good--dialog is clear and English subtitles are provided as well.
The special features include a commentary from Tim Lucas and we get two featurettes on the film and the history of Amicus; the first featurette has Jonathan Rigby(24 minutes) and the second features Kim Newman (27 minutes). Joe Dante narrates the "Trailers from Hell" segment on "The Skull" and provides some interesting comments that compliment the comments of Lucas, Rigby and Newman. We also get a variety of trailers for other horror Kino releases.
Although this doesn't look quite as strong as the Eureka release in the UK (due to the bit rate difference), Kino's presentation looks quite nice at times despite some compression artifacts. The special features are really a highlight here (they are licensed from the Eureka release of the film) and this is an improvement over the two Blu-ray set of "The Skull" and "The Man Who Could Cheat Death" from Legend.
This psychological thriller benefits from some deft direction from Freddie Francis and strong performances.
the movies plot to Peter Cushing. And wrote out a unique set of scenes for him. You see chistopher Lee in the movie too! But has a more limited role in the movie. At one point in the movie all the colors in a minor way start to stand out in Cushings curio Library and start to move and swirl around in a few patterns. And had the look of the lighting and background of the old tv shows Dark Shadows or so it seemed to be. The only thing they can do now in the future is make the prequel to this movie where they tell the story about the 4 demon statues.. The skull and one of the statues have a great scene with Peter. Where the skull floats through the air for some magical reason. For some reason Peter Cushing has passed away some time in the year 1994 although it really seems like it was in the early 1980s. If you want a good movie and want to study Peters movies this would be the one to start with. You never will see anything like it again. The DVD has the same cover picture on it. And a small background song. No extra footage or interviews on this Dvd. You really should buy two of these dvds incase something happens to the first one. Dont know how long they will be around.
It's moody, got inclusively great performances and a brash, kickin' soundtrack.
Cast-wise, it's nigh on untouchable: Peter Cushing plays Maitland, a fool-hardy collector of occult 'curios' who comes to own the possessed skull of the Marquis de Sade, Patrick Wymark is brilliantly squalid as the shady antiques dealer, Marco, Christopher Lee and Peter Woodthorpe make telling cameo-appearances, and the deeply sexy (and good actress(!)) Jill Bennett plays Cushing's terrified wife, pushed to her limit by his obsession.
It's got Hammer-esque cemetery scenes, bulging-eyed insanity murders, a brilliantly trippy dream sequence where Cushing is forced to play Russian Roulette in a mad courthouse, and a devilish, grinning titular villain that floats around his front parlour very stylishly - even with a vicious letter-opener rammed in it's eye.
There may well be typically cryptic 60's drug metaphors abounding(I can sense them, but I'm damned if I can coherently uncover one for you), but that's not why 'the Skull' is so watch-able and entertaining.
It's a combination job, and with all it's component parts firing so finely, it can't do much else but work beautifully.
It's an elegant film, totally out of sync with many of its rivals and peers of the brash, boundary-pushing 1960's. Hopefully, this long overdue dvd release will redress the balance in 'the Skull's favour, and bring it to a modern audience, it's unavailability being the only reason I can see why its not being hailed.
It is an Amicus film but uses Hammer people and it shows in a positive way. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are on hand and add style and class to the production. Freddie Francis was a two time academy award winning cammera man is at the helm. He is one of the most under rated horror directors from the 60s and 70s. If you are into Hammer you know he did some of The Dracs and Franks with Lee and Cushing. He lso did a few anthologies for Amicus.
This movie is a feature film and that is rare for Amicus but this is a well done chiller. Lee and Cushing are a treat to watch and the film is deftly directed.